GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones

GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones


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ISBN-13: 9781612344089
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

RICHARD D. EASTON has published articles about the origin of GPS in various space-related publications. He holds an MLA from the University of Chicago. His father, Roger L. Easton, led the Space Applications Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory from the Vanguard satellite era to the early days of GPS development.

ERIC F. FRAZIER is a former newspaper reporter who covered governmental affairs for a general audience. His articles about computer security, nanotechnology, and drug marketing research have appeared in a variety of publications. Frazier holds a BS in geography from Appalachian State University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword Rick W. Sturdevant xi

Acknowledgments xv

List of Abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

1 New Moons Rising: The Satellite Age Arrives 7

2 Weather Permitting: A Brief History of Navigation 31

3 Success Has Many Fathers: Early Concepts for Satellite Navigation 41

4 One System, Two Narratives: Recollections and Documents 57

5 Invisible Stars: How GPS Works 75

6 Going Public: The Roots of Civilian GPS Use 89

7 Going to War: GPS Aids Military Success in the Persian Gulf 109

8 Going Mainstream: A Consumer Industry Is Born 127

9 Where Are We? GPS and GNSS Today 155

10 Going Forward: The Future of GPS 189

Notes 207

Selected Bibliography 283

Index 289

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